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Peace in Abra remains a challenge in 2013 polls

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Perennially peace-challenged Abra province, the Cordillera police said, remains the topmost “concern” in peace-keeping efforts ahead of the 2013 elections.

Cordillera police director Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong admitted that keeping Abra peaceful year-round is a big challenge on the part of law enforcers. Abra is the only province in the region that is included in the “15 priority provinces” in the upcoming mid-term polls May next year.

This early, the Cordilera police command strictly monitoring the readiness of the different police operating units in sustaining peace and order efforts, “emphasizing clearly to the field commanders the Cordillea police’s vision of a ‘non-COMELEC Controlled Abra’ that is anchored on ‘sustained engagement with stakeholders, non-partisan police force and consistency in the enforcement of laws as salient elements of the peace-keeping strategy’.”

“Police-community partnership and collaboration activities should be undertaken collectively by all unit commanders through the conduct of peace forums, rallies, covenant signing, unity walk/run and negotiations for the continuous surrender and safekeeping of loose/registered firearms of contending politicians within the area,” Magalong told his commanders in Abra Tuesday.

Magalong on Tuesday also “engaged” in a dialogue different political groups and sectors like the Abra Peace Convenors Group composed of “non partisan persons”, business sector, and the youth and students.

Among the significant comments and recommendations during the series of dialogues and consultations with stakeholders, Magalong said, were the installation of CCTVs in the crime prone streets of Bangued, Abra’s capital town; responsible use of the cellphone in reporting crime or any police matter; unbiased police interventions (arresting criminals and investigating crime incidents); and no let-up or continuous conduct of police checkpoints in order to neutralize the presence of wanted persons, reduce the number of unlicensed firearms and control the presence of gun-for-hire individuals.

The police said most now feel more comfortable and secured with the current peacekeeping efforts, Magalong said.

This strategy, Magalong said, was developed because of the very fragile situation in Abra. – Artemio A. Dumlao


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10 thoughts on “Peace in Abra remains a challenge in 2013 polls

  1. Well done commander !

    Posted by musilat mulagat | November 29, 2012, 10:38 pm
  2. “Peace in Abra remains a challenge in 2013 polls”. Sino ba mga nag aaway kundi ang mga gong gong na politician, sila ang imonitor ninyo, anyway RD nice effort and good work.

    Posted by torogi | November 29, 2012, 11:38 pm
  3. No patayen mi met amin dagitoy nga pulitiko, maimbistigaan kami met.

    Posted by PiNikPikan | November 30, 2012, 12:00 am
  4. Good job, Sir Magalong… Is it possible to put CCTV camera in Polls places before and during the Election day and even the nearby sorroundings of the poll area in order to know and identify those people disturbing during the Election.but is the CCTV Camera work in areas where There are no Electric Power like in Tineg, and other barangays of Lacub and Malibcong and other places of Abra?

    Posted by lavander | December 1, 2012, 11:05 am
  5. There should had been no “challenge” if only our criminal courts are effective in prosecuting criminals linked to our corrupt politicians and/or if concerned government agency like COA were not conniving with corruption in the past.

    Posted by Disgruntled Abrenian | December 1, 2012, 7:36 pm
  6. Have you not realized yet that…..just the crook politicians and dishonest COA personnel were the ones giving you unending hard time? PAGS were just being used as tools or paid sacrificial lambs, won’t you agree?

    Posted by crying victim | December 1, 2012, 7:49 pm
  7. Hindi kailan man ninyo matitikman ang katahimikan hangga’t nandiyan ang mga nagsasabwatan sa walang hanggan na pagnanakaw,

    Posted by OFW-china | December 1, 2012, 8:05 pm
  8. At hindi kailan man mauubos ang mga PAGS hangga’t hindi makapag-produce ng mga matinong politicians….hu..hu..hu..how much more longer for us to wait..?????

    Posted by NANANG KOoooo!!!!! | December 1, 2012, 8:32 pm
  9. Many things are impossible in this world, but with God’s help, nothing is impossible. Let us pray for the safety of our PNP thru the able leadership of RG Magalong for their active drive in neutralizing lawless elements.Most especially, let us trust God’s guiding hands not ours for all problems.

    Posted by Tamang Landas | December 3, 2012, 4:42 am
  10. dominic and jb sila ang demonyo ang pag iisip sir magalong.tiwalag ako sa kanila.totokan nyo ito,marami na sila ninakaw ok lang mawala pera basta makaupo sila,babawiin lang nila project sa kalsada,di naman sila naghirap eh.

    Posted by mac kataki | December 4, 2012, 4:38 am

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